Learning from the Pros Serve and Return

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Comparing the Serve of Sharapova and Berdych

An important step of analysing top players‘ toss height and contact height is to compare a WTA and ATP-player. Here we are: Maria Sharapova (Body Height 1,88 m) and Tomas Berdych (Body Height 1,96 m) - relatively tall in their competit...

Serve and volley situation from Youzhny

Here in the video we see a great example of a serve and volley situation from Youzhny, who serves to the "T" from the ad court. He split-steps before he reaches the service line as the opponent makes contact with the ball and hits his vo...

The Serve: Timing the toss

A fluid and flowing pendulum motion generally ensures a smooth ball toss. The speed of the backswing greatly determines, the ideal height and timing of the toss. Players usually toss the ball approximately 20 - 40 cm above the contact po...

The Serve: extending/jumping

From the bent-knee position, the legs are extended explosively pushing the player off the ground. At contact the player is in the air. We have measured the jump from the ground to the left heel (left handers vise versa)To get access to t...

Jeremy Chardy – Serve Analysis

Jeremy, as most professional is a true balance-miracle. He uses a huge knee bend, jumps extremely high and never loses his balance. We can observe this by looking at his straight torso at the and of his knee bend and at landing.To get ac...

Backhand Return – Full Stretched

As the speed of the serve increases the return has become one of the most important strokes of the game. Sometimes, the only thing a player can do is to get the racquet head behind the ball. Here we see Chardy fully stretched trying to ...

Sabine Lisicki – Serve analysis

Two special characteristics of her serve are the hung wrist and the pinpoint stance. Lisicki's hanging wrist allows her to delay the drop of the racquet head as the arm gets into the throwing position thus helping her to use the forearm ...

Analysis of Tommy Haas’ Serve

Tommy throws the ball at a hight of 3.30 m 10.8 feet and makes contact at 3.00 m/9.8 feet. He therefore, throws the ball 30 cm over his contact point. Is this absolutely necessary? To get access to the videos and premium media, just logi...